Juve lay down gauntlet to Spurs over Pirlo

Juventus have offered Andrea Pirlo a two-year contract extension worth just over £6.5m to prevent him joining Tottenham, Tuttosport claims.

There are reports in Turin-based newspaper Tuttosport that Juventus have offered midfield veteran Andrea Pirlo a lucrative contract extension to prevent him leaving for Tottenham.

Pirlo signed for the Bianconeri on a free transfer in 2011 after leaving AC Milan in what has proved to be an inspired piece of business by Juventus.

The 34-year-old is enjoying a fantastic season and seems to have plenty more life in him despite having been written off by the Rossoneri.

It is widely believed that Premier League side Tottenham are aiming to lure Pirlo in the summer when his contract expires and that they are readying a tempting offer for the free-kick specialist.

But, according to Tuttosport, Juventus aren't going to sit back and watch such an asset leave for free and are ready to break the bank to keep him.

The Old Lady have reportedly proposed a two-year deal worth in the region of £2.4m per season plus bonuses to persuade Pirlo to stay in Turin until he's 36, which may be the rest of his playing career.

Pirlo has always expressed his need to be playing regular first-team football and Juve are allegedly ready to also make assurances that he will be a central figure for the foreseeable future.

The offer comes as a challenge to Pirlo's English suitors, who are said to include Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.

There have been whispers that Spurs are willing to offer Pirlo closer to £4m per season for three years, but as yet there is nothing concrete.

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